Year of the Boat: Small Craft Advisories from a Builder's Garage

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Lawrence Cheek decided that he had to build a boat. Not just any boat, but a beautiful wooden sailboat. This despite the fact that he barely knew how to sail and that he was the master of so few woodworking skills that it was frightening. The Year of the Boat is a memoir about what when on in that suburban garage—a roiling process of measuring, cutting, gluing and sanding that was punctuated with supreme satisfaction, utter frustration, and plain bewilderment. From figuring out how to actually read a set of ...
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The Year of the Boat: Beauty, Imperfection, and the Art of Doing It Yourself

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Lawrence Cheek decided that he had to build a boat. Not just any boat, but a beautiful wooden sailboat. This despite the fact that he barely knew how to sail and that he was the master of so few woodworking skills that it was frightening. The Year of the Boat is a memoir about what when on in that suburban garage—a roiling process of measuring, cutting, gluing and sanding that was punctuated with supreme satisfaction, utter frustration, and plain bewilderment. From figuring out how to actually read a set of marine blueprints to learning the fine art of applying epoxy to getting the mast to stand up straight, this is a captivating adventure into the wilderness of doing it yourself. The author tacks an intelligently digressive route as he touches on such topics as the invention of the retractable keel, the esteemed tradition of garage enterprises (think Hewlett Packard), the Platonic ideal sailboat, the hegemonic rise of fiberglass, and the pleasing shape of a rudder. Building a boat turns out to be the antidote for chronic perfectionism (hence the boat’s name, Far From Perfect).
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"This book bubbles with humor and philosophical wisdom, and while the author might justly claim the title of king of wooden-boat klutzes, his prowess as a wordsmith deftly lifts this volume into the realm of literature."—John Vigor, author of The Practic
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570615443
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence W. Cheek is the architecture critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. His work has appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine, Coastal Living, and American Heritage, and he is the author of several travel books. He lives in Issaquah, WA.
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Table of Contents


Deep Beauty     1
Why Build a Boat?     17
Looking for a Plan     33
Impatience     47
Imperfection     63
Glop     81
Grit     97
Wind Work     111
Wood Work     127
The Zen of Screwing Up     143
Far From Perfect     159
Greta     171
Alula     187
Quality Time     207
Mind-Bender     221
Ebb Tide     233
Birth Day     249
Coda. The Teachings of a Wooden Sailboat     267
Glossary     275
References and Resources     277
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    Here is a humble professional writer explaining the path to boat building from beginning to end with all of life's twists and self-doubts. This is a truly inspirational book for anyone willing to tackle a new, tough and seemingly insurmountable project. Highly recommended.

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